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Deploy technology to win war against terrorism, others – Bauchi gov tells FG

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Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has implored the Federal Government to deploy technology in the war against terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminality.

The governor stated this in his keynote address at the inauguration of the North-East zonal office of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.

Governor Mohammed, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Aliyu Tilde, asserted that the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy can deploy technologies to help track down kidnappers, bandits and criminals terrorising the country.

While lamenting that Nigeria is currently battling with security issues, the governor submitted that the country is challenged technologically internally and externally.

According to him, Nigerians, irrespective of status, could not sleep with their two eyes closed because of the state of insecurity across the country.

He noted that crimes like kidnapping thrive because of technology like the GSM, adding that deployment of technology would help to fight crimes in the country.

“Very few of us today, all over the country, sleep with two eyes closed because we are afraid of kidnapping, we are afraid of banditry.

“Kidnapping takes place just because of one technology that is available, nothing else. Remove that technology and kidnapping will be impossible. And that’s the GSM.

“Without contact with the family of the kidnapped victims, there will be no kidnapping; it will be a fruitless exercise. We have said this over and over and I think finally, our governors in the North-West have come to terms with this reality.

“Let me challenge you that are engineers and my younger brother that is up there as a Minister (of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami), can’t we or until when can we discover a way of getting round this problem of immobilising or neutralising the use of the GSM in the commitment against crime?

“How can we quicken track and pin down a criminal when he commits a crime via the GSM? Once you can do this, it’s over. We’ll go to our beds and enjoy our sleep. This is just one internal challenge and there are many like that,” Governor Mohammed stated.

Mohammed further asserted that unless universities across the world, particularly Nigerian universities embrace and invest in technology and go into e-learning, many of them would close down.

He noted in the next 10 years, the Harvard University would be registering over 10 million undergraduates with thousands of them being Nigerians, submitting that with its e-learning people in their villages, hamlets would be acquiring Harvard University degrees.

“This trend, if we are not careful, is going to wipe out many universities in the third world. And even in the US, in the next 10 years, many universities must close down because they will not be patronised.

“A typical Nigerian parent will be in a situation, presumably, a happy one, where he will choose between enrolling to get a degree from Harvard University at a very cheap rate or applying to our university and spending between five and seven years before graduation. I don’t know which father will choose the latter over the former.

“So, it’s a serious challenge not only to you but to all universities across the world. You must invest in e-learning; you must ensure that the e-learning content of your university is increasing every year,” he said.

Governor Mohammed commended NOTAP for its efforts in ensuring acquisition and promotion of technology in the country, which he noted is vital to Nigeria’s technological development.

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One dies as bushfire destroys over 90 farmlands in Yobe

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The Yobe State Government, through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has confirmed the death of one person in a bush fire that gutted farmlands in some communities in the Gulani Local Government Area of the state.

SEMA, via its verified Facebook page, gave the confirmation after its response team carried out an assessment visit to the affected communities.

It also noted that over 90 farmers, who were at the eve of harvest, lost their farmlands to the disaster.

“In the early hours of Tuesday the 30th and 1st of December, 2021; over 90 farmers in Gulani local government who are at the eve of harvest lost their farmlands due to bushfire with one farmer reported dead.

“SEMA response team along with the LGA Chair visited the scene to commiserate with the victims on behalf of the Government and to conduct on the spot assessment”, the agency posted.

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It disclosed that five communities, Bularafa town, Makera Village, Makera Fili, Juggolgam as well as Gulani town, were affected.

“While commiserating with the victims, the Executive Secretary of SEMA Dr. Mohammed Goje assured the victims of Governor Mai Mala Buni’s readiness to come to their plights and support them within available resources to cushion the hardship they might encounter after investing everything for this harvest”, it assured.

Recall that DAILY POST reported that Gulani is regarded as one of the food baskets of the state, hence many expressed concern that the bushfire which destroyed farmlands in the area may affect crop production this year in the state.

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Geodesists proffer solution to incessant building collapse in Lagos, others

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Geodesists under the auspices of the Nigeria Association of Geodesy (NAG) have said that lack of deformation surveys for monitoring of structures is the major factor responsible for frequent building collapse in Lagos State and other major cities in the country.

The association, which is a group of scientists and researchers specialised in scientific areas of surveying, said this in a communique issued at the end of their annual conference, theme “Geodetic Solutions to Multi-Disciplinary Problems”, held at Federal School of Surveying, Oyo.

DAILY POST recalls that a 21-story building collapsed on November 1st in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State. No fewer than 40 people lost their lives as a result of the incident.

Our correspondent recalls that another building on November 17th collapsed in the Badagry area of Lagos State.

NAG has however said that the absence of deformation surveys for monitoring of structures such as high-rise buildings, bridges, and dams is responsible for the frequent building collapse in Lagos and other cities.

The association, in the communique made available to DAILY POST through its President, Professor Timothy Oluwadare Idowu, insisted that the only solution to reduce incessant building collapse is to ensure speedy implementation and compliance to the Federal Government’s policy on deformation monitoring of infrastructures.

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NAG suggested that an acceptable format for the generation and presentation of deformation monitoring data should also be developed, in order to reduce incessant building collapse across the country.

The association explained that the alarming rate of retreating Lake Chad is a major international boundary issue that has consequential conflict potentials in the country.

It observed that the “Absence of deformation surveys for monitoring of structures such as high-rise buildings, bridges and dams is responsible for the frequent collapses of such structures in the country.

“Inadequate monitoring and poor understanding of subterraneous activities particularly in areas of intensive mining results in the poor estimation of the environmental impacts of these activities.

“Lack of accurate geoid model for the country is a major problem in the development of a common and unified reference system for the country. Insufficiency of gravity data in the country is a setback for geoid determination and modeling.

“The alarming rate of retreating Lake Chad is a major international boundary issue which has consequential conflict potentials for major socio-economic and national security concerns”.

NAG while speaking further suggested that there is a need to ensure speedy implementation and compliance to the Federal Government’s policy on deformation monitoring of infrastructures so as to reduce incessant cases of building collapse in the country.

“Speedy implementation and compliance to the Federal Government’s policy on deformation monitoring of infrastructures. An acceptable format for the generation and presentation of deformation monitoring data should also be developed. An acceptable format for the generation and presentation of deformation monitoring data should also be developed.

“Geodetic solutions to the spatial dynamics of Lake Chad retreating shorelines should be adopted for sustainable planning and management of the socio-economic activities and the mitigation of environmental impacts of the shoreline retreat, particularly as it relates to the Nigeria border sectors where significant variations are noticeable.

“Geodesy should be considered to stand alone as a full departmental programme in an appropriate faculty/school within university and polytechnic systems to deeply enrich researches in geodesy options like space geodesy, marine geodesy and geophysical exploration amongst others”.

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Idoma billionaire businessman, Ochacho, Sen Abah Moro meet Ortom on Benue development

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A billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Mohammed Adah, popularly known as Ochacho, on Wednesday, met with the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom to discuss ways of developing the state.

Ochacho and his entourage were led to the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, the state capital, by the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Comrade Patrick Abba Moro.

Governor Ortom, while addressing the press after meeting with Ochacho, acknowledged the infrastructural developmental strides of the Ochacho Foundation particularly in the construction of roads in Benue South.

He said although Ochacho is not into politics, he is a Benue son who is adding value to the development of the state and needs collaboration.

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Ochacho’s younger brother, Alex Enokela Ogbe, who is the CEO of the foundation, in a remark, expressed gratitude to God for making the Ochacho Foundation representative of good works.

He urged his supporters to remain calm as they will soon hear from him on the way forward.

Other members of the delegation included the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sir John Ngbede, members of the Benue State House of Assembly from Zone C, and Chairman of Ado local government council, Hon. James Oche.

Others are Prof. Agbo Madaki, Hon. Chris Aba, Hon Mrs. Abeje Egwa, PDP state Woman leader, Hon Egli Johnson Ahubi, former Deputy Speaker BNSHA, Hon Mike Audu, House of Assembly Member, Adoka/Ugboju among many others.

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